frayed frayed  /f ˈreɪd/


  • (adj) worn away or tattered along the edges


  1. In these two discs, her reedy, frayed-at-the-edges voice, teasingly lagging the beat, instinctively breathes the bittersweet essence of the jazz life.
  2. Even during the past four decades, which have witnessed medical innovation on an unprecedented scale, that sturdy thread has not frayed.
  3. After 24 years, the Hinsdale branch, like the rest of McDonald's, looks a bit tired and frayed at the edges.


  1. Review: 'California Suite' a mixed bag

    Neil Simon's 'California Suite' is a set of four mini-plays about frayed or broken marriages and strained relationships — all taking place in a single Los Angeles hotel room.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Newark Advocate

  2. Wall St. slides in volatile week, eyes on the Fed

    By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks fell on Friday on low volume to end their third negative week in four on lingering concern over whether the world's central banks will soon start to trim their stimulus programs. Uncertainty about the longevity of loose monetary policy around the world has caused volatility to jump lately. Nerves were frayed some more earlier in the week when the ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Asian shares recover after bruising selloff, sentiment still fragile

    By Chikako Mogi TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rebounded from multi-month lows on Friday, as upbeat U.S. economic data calmed frayed nerves after a bruising selloff in global markets, but investors remained anxious ahead of next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting. European stocks look set to track Asia higher, with financial spreadbetters predicting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "We often disagree, but I respect their motives," Emanuel said. "Now is a time for unity, and, Mr. President-elect, I will do everything in my power to help you stitch together the frayed fabric of our politics, and help summon Americans of...
    on Nov 6, 2008 By: Rahm Emanuel Source: FOXNews

  2. "We failed to head off this conflict and lost leverage in our ability to contain it because our leaders have been distracted, our resources overstretched, and our alliances frayed," Obama said.
    on Aug 19, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Mr Cameron writes in the manifesto: "A country is at its best when the bonds between people are strong and when the sense of national purpose is clear. Our economy is overwhelmed by debt, our social fabric is frayed and our political system has...
    on Apr 12, 2010 By: David Cameron Source: Express UK

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